Scorpions still searching for a striker

Girls split the defense.
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Camarillo High’s Megan Williams, center, dribbles through a pair of Santa Paula defenders during Tuesday’s non-league match at ACHS. The Scorpions fell, 4-1. Camarillo opens Pacific View League play Jan. 6 against Rio Mesa. © Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers
Less drama equals more fun.

That’s a fitting description of the 2010-11 Camarillo High girls’ soccer team.

Sure, the Scorpions have struggled to put the ball away, notching three goals in their first eight games.

Nothing beats getting along, however.

“We’re all goofy,” senior sweeper Rachael Jonas said. “We’re hyper and outgoing. If you get us in a room together, we’re never boring.”

The Scorpions have enjoyed success with 12th year head coach Chris Lawler. Camarillo has finished first or second in league every year under Lawler’s guidance, except last season when ACHS settled for third.

“We want to win league,” said senior midfielder/forward Megan Williams, a co-captain with Jonas.

“I know it’s near impossible, but I want us to shut out all the other (PVL) teams.”

The foundation is set. An experienced roster is filled with returning players.

Camarillo likes to work the ball on the outside before delivering quick crosses to the middle for shot opportunities.

This team excels at quick oneand two-touch passes.

“Make the ball work instead of you,” Lawler said.

“I want our players to read the game quick before the other team has to adjust.”

With a stingy defense and savvy midfielders controlling the pace, the Scorpions are desperately looking for one more piece to complete the jigsaw puzzle: a go-to scorer.

“We don’t have a natural finisher,” the coach said, “a striker who’s stepped up to the plate yet.”

Jessica Valadez, a sophomore midfielder, said Camarillo works on shooting drills every day in practice. Williams said teammates aren’t taking enough shots when opportunities arise.

The Scorpions are still working out the kinks during the preseason. They hope someone steps up in time for the Thurs., Jan. 6 Pacific View opener at home against crosstown rival Rio Mesa.

Valadez and junior Cynthia Melgoza use their fine touch on the ball to control the passing lanes in the midfield.

“Everyone gets along,” Valadez said, “and we’re understanding how to play with each other.”

Melgoza agreed with her teammate.

“We are all friends,” Melgoza said. “We know each other. There’s no drama and it’s a fun environment.”

Jonas enjoys her role in the defense.

“It’s a big responsibility,” said Jonas, who will play at Ventura College next year. “You have to talk a lot out there.”

Several Scorpions stand out on the pitch.

Fanny Lindvall is a star midfielder. Lindvall is an intense hustler with a powerful leg, Williams said. An ankle sprain will keep Lindvall on the sidelines until January.

Starting goalkeeper Katelyn White has also been injured, but she’s expected to return by the start of the PVL action. Freshman Briana Thomas has filled in admirably for White.

Williams and Jonas have been consistent during the preseason, Lawler said.

Holly Inglis uses her speed to stymie opponents in the defensive backfield. Shante Boghossian is another excellent senior defender.

Daisy Cervantes and Darian Roy have played well in the midfield.

Brenna Belnick, Lauren Bevan, Alexis Bramwell, Erin Carey, Brenda Espinoza, Courtney Folkes, Megan Friedlander, Jade Jordan, Carolyn Thorp and Selina Magana round out the varsity roster.

The Scorpions are excited about the future.

“I look forward to practice,” Jonas said. “I look forward to playing. I want us to get past the first round of the playoffs and beat Rio Mesa and Pacifica. . . .

“It’s been a rocky start, but we’re still getting used to how we play. We’re finally clicking.”

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